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No, I don't think we should necessarily treat elementary students
like professional artists, but when we exhibit their work I think we
should present it in a way that teaches them and others that an
exhibition is usually organized by someone (a curator, or a teacher)
with reasons (some sort of written statement by the teacher, or by a
student curator) for selecting and showing certain works and
arranging them in a certain order. Then people respond to what they
see exhibited, usually orally, and some people (critics and
journalists, or students) write about it, and then those who hear and
read what has been spoken or written respond and hopefully further the
conversation. This is what showing student art could be like.